Invictus Does Mandela Justice

Morgan Freeman is superb in the main role
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2009 11:32 AM CST

(Newser) – Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela tale, Invictus, wins mostly solid reviews, and everybody loves Morgan Freeman in the main role:

  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: " Freeman seems born to play Mandela, and he never delivers a false note." Eastwood "shames the usual Hollywood showboating" and makes a "film that truly is good for the soul. "
  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star: "As always, Eastwood brings solid craftsmanship to the proceedings, with direction that allows the actors to breathe while remaining alert to small details that speak of greater wisdom."

  • Kimberly Gadette, IndieMoviesOnline: "Did someone abduct Clint Eastwood? Considering the frequent hugs and grins of the disparate countrymen, Invictus is less of a film than a salute to the renowned 1970s Coke commercial ('I'd like to teach the world to sing')."
  • Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "Freeman doesn't play Mandela as much as inhabit the man." Eastwood wisely gets out of the way of the story, and, as usual, Matt Damon is "spot-on and almost breathtakingly self-effacing."

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